Jack Russell & Tony Montana talk about the history of Great White, their next record, touring and more.
Tracey Lukasik of BackstageAxxess.com conducted an interview with legendary GREAT WHITE singer Jack Russell, who currently fronts his own version of the band called JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE, and former GREAT WHITE bassist-turned-guitarist Tony Montana before JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE‘s January 31 concert in West Seneca, New York. You can now watch the chat below.
Russell recently revealed to SleazeRoxx.com that he is working on material for a new studio album. He is being joined in the studio by Montana (as a guitar player and keyboardist), lead guitarist Robby Locher and drummer Dicki Fliszar.
“It’s a powerful band,” Russell told SleazeRoxx.com.
“The music comes across very dynamically. It’s what I always wanted it to be.
“Tony was a catalyst for moving forward. I was never as close to him as I am now.
“We never had the opportunity to write music together before. I also never knew he played guitar. When I first heard him, I nearly fell of my chair. He’s my co-pilot. He’s one of my best friends. I wish we would’ve been this close back in the day.”
“It’s natural for all of us,” adds Montana. “There’s a solid chemistry, and we’re having a lot of fun.”
Regarding the musical direction of what will eventually be released as the JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE debut, Russell told SleazeRoxx.com: “We want the new material to blow people’s ears back. It has the elements of the best GREAT WHITE music ever written, but there’s an edge. Tony brings that validity, while Robby and Dicki add a new life. It’s going to surprise people.”
Added Montana, “It’s got the classic sound. The first element is Jack’s voice.
“No other band sounds like this one ever did or does now.
“When I was 17 years old, I remember walking around the UCLA campus listening to the band’s first EP. I was a fan before I ever joined the band. We’re going to maintain that same integrity going forward.”
He continued: “The band was always a standout from the era it came from. It was never a hair band. Listen to the music, and that’s evident. Everything was based in blues. We want to add to that legacy with new material preserving those timeless elements.”
Russell concluded, “This is fun, first and foremost. I feel like I’m 27 again. I hope it sounds like GREAT WHITE — but for 2014.”
The above is courtesy of Blabbermouth